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Instruments of Darkness by Imogen Robertson
  

Instruments of Darkness

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April 2010 Debut of the Month.

A rich historical novel, full of mystery, secrets and hidden identities which involve family inheritance, murder and some intriguing characters. It romps along at a good pace, gaining speed and complexity as it goes. Atmospheric and the most enormous fun, it is not the literary masterpiece the publishers would like us to believe, but a thoroughly good read.

Comparison: Jed Rubenfeld, Mikkel Birkegaard, Robert Goddard.

If you like Imogen Robertson you might also like to read books by C. J. Sansom, Sarah Waters and Karen Maitland.

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Synopsis

Instruments of Darkness by Imogen Robertson

Thornleigh Hall, seat of the Earl of Sussex, dominates its surroundings. Its heir is missing, and the once vigorous family is reduced to a cripple, his whore and his alcoholic second son, but its power endures. Impulsive Harriet Westerman has felt the Hall's menace long before she happens upon a dead man bearing the Thornleigh arms. The grim discovery cries out for justice, and she persuades reclusive anatomist Gabriel Crowther to her cause, much against his better judgement; he knows a dark path lies before those who stray from society's expectations. That same day, Alexander Adams is killed in a London music shop, leaving his young children orphaned. His death will lead back to Sussex, and an explosive secret that has already destroyed one family and threatens many others.

Reviews

'[An] extremely impressive debut...told by Robertson with great panache'
The Times

'Poetic, enchanting, and chillingly memorable. Imogen Robertson is an exquisite writer, and this is an extraordinary novel'
Tess Gerritsen

About the Author

Imogen Robertson

Imogen Robertson grew up in Darlington, studied Russian and German at Cambridge, and now lives in London. She directed for TV, film and radio before becoming a full-time author, and also writes and reviews poetry. Imogen won the Telegraph’s ‘First thousand words of a novel competition’ in 2007 with the opening of Instruments of Darkness, her first novel.

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Publication date

1st April 2010

Author

Imogen Robertson

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Publisher

Headline Review an imprint of Headline Publishing Group

Format

Paperback
448 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
Action Adventure / Spy
Thriller / Suspense
Crime / Mystery
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ISBN

9780755348411

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